Personalities | Shelly Lee Alley | Cowboys & Playboys | Country
(Songwriter, bandleader, fiddle, vocals, 1894–1964)
Shelly Lee Alley is best remembered for writing the classic ‘Traveling Blues’ for Jimmie Rodgers in 1931. Texan Alley led his own pop and jazz orchestras in the 1920s, but also enjoyed success as a western-swing bandleader a decade later. At various times, his Alley Cats included such stars as Cliff Bruner, Ted Daffan, Floyd Tillman and Clyde Brewer, and he continued to write after giving up bandleading in 1946, scoring a hit via Moon Mullican’s version of ‘Broken Dreams’ in 1948.
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